Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tomato Butter

YUM, YUM, YUM I love tomatoes and I love butter! When I saw this recipe on Shutterbean, I immediately put it on my recipe list! I used to to make some yummy recipes that will be coming soon.

Tomato Butter

1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 stick of butter
3 basil leaves
salt to taste
Preheat broiler. Place tomatoes in a baking pan and roast for 8 minutes under the broiler.
Allow tomatoes to cool to room temp.
Wash basil.
Blend cooled tomatoes and basil in a food processor.
I had to take this photo of my man's gadgets. All together on the kitchen table at once, haha!

Add softened butter to tomatoes and blend.

Spread on toast, or other things..which I will post about soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chilled Cucumber Soup

I have so much blogging to catch up on! There are 13 drafts in my blogger. There are so many yummy recipes, I look forward to sharing with you. For now here is an easy recipe for this hot, hot day! Turning on the oven is not ideal, so I made this soup for lunch yesterday. Enjoy!!

Chilled Cucumber Soup
1 cup of water
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 hot house cucumber
1/4 cup green onions
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/4 cup feta
Peel and chop cucumber into pieces. Save a few discs for topping
Puree in a blender water, sour cream, yogurt, cucumber, basil, mint and green onions.

Stir in lemon juice and hot sauce.
Season with kosher salt to taste.
Chill soup for 2 hours before serving. Top with feta and sliced cucumbers.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Kebabs with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

I have started watching Drop Dead Diva from the beginning on Netflix. This show is so fun! It is like Legally Blonde. So fun! J is on set today so I am cleaning house and watching episode after episode. Hope you are having a fun Sunday.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Kebabs with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup oil
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
zest of 1/2 a lime
2 limes cut into wedges
1 clove garlic
1/2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
pinch of salt
1 pound of shrimp
wooden skewers

For Sauce:
1/2 cup orange marmalade 
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Soak wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes.

Whisk together oil, lime juice, brown sugar, vinegar, red pepper flakes, lime zest, ginger, cilantro, and salt.
Add shrimp to marinate and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Mix up sauce ingredients and set aside.
Slice limes into wedges. Alternate shrimp and lime wedges on skewers.
If you have a grill, grill for 1 1/2 minutes per side. I don't have a grill, I used my broiler and cooked them for 1 1/2 minutes on each side.

Serve shrimp with rice and sauce. This sauce is delicious with my coconut shrimp too!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

I had a fantastic 27th birthday! I am one lucky girl! I mentioned earlier that the 3Bs and I were going to do a progressive dinner in Pasadena. It was sooo fun! Here are some photos of my blessed day.

Mommasita is the best gift giver! She sent me French macaroons. I am still savoring each one, slowly!
 We started off our dinner at the King's Row for cocktails. This drink reminds me of the strawberry lemonade recipe I post on here. It was called a Summer Flight: strawberry puree, cucumber vodka and lemon. A perfect 3B drink!
 I brought along some macaroons to share. Dessert first!
 Meg and I opened our presents.....
 Meg in her new necklace!
Yes, my nickname is Sheliba.... I thought this was a super cute birthday tag.
 My new necklace from Em...I am in LOVE!
 In Pasadena there are several streets full of awesome restaraunts. We were able to walk to each place. I was the smart one and wore flats. Meg and Em wore heels...well Em wore heels until she couldn't anymore and then I switched her..haha! This is Red White + Bluezz and wine and cheese bar where we had a cheese plate as an appetizer.
 This photo didn't turn out well. I LOVE a good cheese platter, yum!
 One of my favs from the night.
 Meg is the comedian of the group so of course she gave me this card. Entertainment for our night, it was hilarious!
 On to our next stop!
 When you see a dog statue, you must take a picture with it...
 At Cafe Santatorini for a Mediterranean main course.
 More bubbly.
 Yum! We had linguine and clams, chicken kebabs, roasted veggies and pita and hummus.
 Our final stop, POP! A champagne and dessert bar.
 The chandeliers were gorg!
 We have so much fun together!
 Dessert 1, a brownie with whiskey caramel sauce and homemade baileys ice cream.
 Dessert 2 was my FAV! Peanut butter and chocolate creme brulee with whip cream and berries.
 I did celebrate with my husband. We went to brunch the next morning at the Alcove. He wouldn't let me take a picture of him, so there is his arm...haha!
 We shared a breakfast panini with mushrooms, eggs, mozzarella, caramelized onions and tomato! I LOVE this sandwich.

I made Basil Lemonade last year. This year I decided to add strawberries and it really is incredible! I have actually been making it all summer, sorry I haven't shared this goodness with you until now!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar, plus 2 more Tbsp
1 cup water, then 5 1/2 cups of water
8 basil leaves
1 pint strawberries
Mix together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Slice basil leaves and chop about 6 strawberries into quarters.
Add strawberries and basil to the sugar solution. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until just about the boil and water is clear. Then turn off heat and allow it to steam for 5 minutes.
Slice remaining strawberries. 
Place strawberries and 2 Tbsp of sugar in a bowl and mush them up with the back of a fork or I used a pastry blender (cutter?). Allow mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes.
Strain sugar solution into a pitcher and toss the basil and strawberries.
Add lemon juice, muddled strawberries and 5 1/2 cups of water to the sugar solution. Stir and chill until ready to serve.
It is so refreshing for a hot day!